Are you afraid of the big bad Woolfe? Step into the boots of a vengeful Red Riding Hood in this twisted-fairytale platformer. Defeat deranged fairytale bosses with your trusty axe, explore a gorgeous fantasy universe and piece together the truth behind the mysterious passing of Red’s father.
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Release Date: Mar 17, 2015

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Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries is a cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood. All grown up, cried out and armed with an axe, our noble heroine embarks on an odyssey to avenge the death of her parents. Buckle up for a surprising take on the traditional Red Riding Hood tale, mixed with some good old-fashioned action platforming, fun combo-based hack ‘n slash combat and rewarding environment puzzles that explore the attractive fantasy universe.

“THIS IS NOT A FAIRYTALE, THERE’S NOTHING FAIR ABOUT IT”


KEY FEATURES


  • A twisted fairytale – This take on the Red Riding Hood legacy is not an ordinary bedtime story. Four years ago, Red Riding Hood’s father Joseph, lead engineer for Woolfe Industries, died in a work accident. At least, that’s what his family was told. All grown up, our heroine is ready to unveil the truth and present the bill for her tragic loss.
  • A rich, visual experience – Woolfe's atmospheric artwork immerses the player in a rich fantasy universe centred on a city paralyzed with fear, occupied by tin soldiers. Sneak through the slums, descend into the sewers, run through the harbour and escape the city into the evil forest, where all manner of creatures are out to get you.
  • 2.5D action-platforming – The tale’s 2.5D levels combine the simplicity of side-scrolling gameplay with three-dimensional puzzle-solving.
  • Fast axe-wielding combat – Armed with her trusty axe, Red will need to skilfully execute combos to strike at her foes' weaknesses.
  • Deranged fairytale enemies – On her journey, Red faces some bloody encounters with “familiar fairytale faces”, such as The Pied Piper, tin soldiers, big bad wolves, scary fairies and (of course) her arch-nemesis, B.B. Woolfe.

STORY


Red leaves her Granny and her safe place, the forest, and heads back to the city, which she finds paralyzed with fear and scarred by a plague of kidnappings. B.B. Woolfe, CEO of Woolfe Industries, rules with an iron fist and maintains a constant state of fear through his army of henchmen. Our fearless young protagonist sets out on a violent vendetta against the megalomaniac, whom she holds responsible for her father’s death. Level by level, she learns more about her father and what happened on that dreadful night – and, ultimately, about Woolfe’s hidden secrets, which are even darker than Red could ever have imagined.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 2x 2.6 GHz, or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 640, AMD Radeon HD 6870/7750
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Don't use the highest settings on a lower-end machine.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2x 3.2 GHz, or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660/750, AMD Radeon HD 6970/7850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Angelic Nova (Idle/In-game)
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
pretty old and plenty of bugs, I couldnt enjoy the gameplay
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Ari
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Pros:

1) The story is somewhat charming. Interesting twist on a traditional fairy tale.

2) The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. I found myself spending an hour just looking around at all the beauty.

3) Combat was decent.

4) If you enjoy jumping puzzles there is one big jumping puzzle in this game. ( I kind of wish they could have encorporated more into the game.)

5) There are two parts where you have to race against an enemy or run from many enemies and both were enjoyable.

Cons:

1) The story is super super short. 3.5 hours in and I've already beaten the game. I was also hoping for more story depth and more character development and just more characters. . .

2) I earned 11 achievements throughout the playthrough, and now that I've started the game on hard for the second playthrough I have 0 achievements. The achievements reset.

3) Minor bugs throughout the game. They didn't bother me until the final boss fight. The final boss fight has some really annoying bugs that need to be corrected.

4) There is only one voice actor throughout the whole game pretty much until the very end. Using the same voice actor over and over gets kind of annoying. . .

5) You are super squishy. You die often. If you don't like getting killed often don't get this game. Normally I am pretty patient with games, but when you can get killed in 2 to 3 hits by bosses or get instakilled by obstacles in boss fights the game kind of gets frustrating.

If you really want to try this game I suggest you get it during a sale. It is not worth $9.99. I am so glad I bought this during the steam summer sale.

Did I enjoy this game? Yes. I'm just really not sure if I'd recommend it to friends or other people
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DuncanMayer
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The level of art prepared for this particular title is astonishing in terms of character models and game world samples. However, considering the fact that I wasn't able to play it even in windowed mode with somewhat average settings (though I have the recommended system features) is a shame. For a game that requires sharpened reflexes and a delicate response time for smooth in-game advancement, Woolfe fails to deliver. Unplayable for the given system standards.
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vipersagara
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
The games storyline is what drew me in and I caved and bought it, When I started the game the cinimatics and voice acting was amazing but then the gameplay started. Red started spinning on the spot wherever she went, it was clunky and this would cause me to die. I only played the game for about half an hour to an hour max and n the end it was how bad the gameplay was that made me quit.

Hoping others had better experiences but for me I was quite upset by my experience.
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Salis
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
an excellent reimagining of red riding hood some excellent platforming and creatie design the only down point would be the repetative slightly basic combat but a fun few hours totally worth a look
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Val
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is actually interesting. It's somewhat different from the regular fairy tale and it's got some nice design elements in it. I like the whole new spin on the Wolf and such and it's a great concept to learn more about the characters as you collect special items like the W insignia from WOOLFE industries and such. But it can be very glitchy at times and some of the W letters are somewhat difficult to find or gain access to.

Overall I enjoyed the game. It was a very quick one, there's not that much to do in it aside from fight the bad guys, get through the game, pcick up the collectables and fight the final boss. Sounds like a lot but the game is really rather simple to complete if you're just running through it. There isn't much option to explore this steam punkish fairy tale world and unless you get the right collectibles you won't find out the little side stories that go on in the main plots, and the game itself doesn't explain it all that well. Its like it's expecting the player to just KNOW without giving much background on it. Which isn't that surprising if you know your fairytales.

If you're looking for a complex game, then don't bother with this. You won't like it. However if you're looking for something new, short and sweet then give it a go, you might be as pleasantly surprised with it as I was.
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Raven Venefica
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I liked and hated this game for very different reasons. The story is neat and fairly unique. It is beautifully animated (though it felt like I went through the game too fast to really see and appreciate the details). I'm quite fond of fairy tales and clever ways of retelling them, which was why I bought this to begin with. However, my biggest issue was with the mechanics of the game (I used a controller). They are, to put it as nicely as I can, very infuriating. I don't usually get frustrated with games, but when the mechanics are what keeps killing me and not my lack of skill, I started to get very mad.

I would recommend this for those who, knowing they will probably die multiple times because of mechanics, if you enjoy fairy tales & retellings, steampunk, or a short, but straightforward game. I plodded through this because my curiosity was peaked by the story—so when it ended quite suddenly, I was a little disappointed.

I would not recommend this game if you get angry easily.

I wish that I could skip answering if I would recommend it or not. However, this is a video game and, I believe, that the mechanics are the foundation to presenting a game and it's story/theme/enjoyability. Because I felt incredible frustration getting stuck on invisible corners or moves not activating, I'm going to unfortunately say that I would not recommend it.
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SuperA187
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I like fun little games like this and I really, really hope Rebellion makes the second episode. I Kickstarted this game because I knew it was going to be my type of game.
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supesandbats
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Sneaking is painfully slow.
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Lothy
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
In Woolfe, you take on the role of Red, as in Red Riding Hood, who is off to find the truth about the “accident” that led to her father’s early demise. I have to say I rather liked the idea of the story, the way it has a different take on a classic, expanding, and changing the world around the basic storyline; though the way it was delivered to us, with the rhyming and all was a bit… not quite to my taste.

Red Riding Hood is basically an action-y platformer in 2.5D, which means there’ll be lots of jumping, some puzzling, and some fighting.

Let me get this out there first: the keyboard controls SUCK. I was too lazy to try getting, plugging in, and configuring my controller, so I can’t comment on whether it’s better or not with it, but if you’re going to use the keyboard, don't even bother. The keys are all over the place, the controls are uncomfortable and clunky and don't respond too well.

Fighting in Woolfe is not really nicely dealt with either. Hit, run, hit, run. It’s boring and a bit bland, even though you gain skills as you progress through the story, it just doesn't cut it.

The music is nice, but it can get rather repetitive. The voice acting isn’t bad, but I didn’t find it to be great either. Speaking of which, the game is kind of “heavy”, not overly good in older or lower specs PCs as it can run kind of sluggish in parts. Most of the part where you're actively playing will work good, but the start and menu screens, as well as the cut-scenes were pretty choppy on my PC.

That said, I liked the art, it was nice and detailed, some of the areas were really beautiful, and although Red’s model wasn’t particularly cute, it offered a nice contrast with the usual "drawing" style of similar games. However, because of its 2.5D setting and the way it was handled and shaded, the art style made it hard to actually judge the depth in some areas - whether they were background or foreground. I’ve played other 2.5D games that managed to easily show you which was front and which was back, it wasn’t always quite so clear on Woolfe and sometimes I'd get stuck wondering why things weren't working when it was just because it was on another level. This was particularly bothersome as there are some stealthy parts to the game play which were fun to play, but annoying if you misjudged the 2.5D part...

Overall, it’s a pretty average game with rather awful controls.

Do I recommend it? Meh. If I were forced to choose, I'd give it a “Yes” for the story and general looks, but be prepared to deal with horrible controls.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
pretty old and plenty of bugs, I couldnt enjoy the gameplay
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Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is actually interesting. It's somewhat different from the regular fairy tale and it's got some nice design elements in it. I like the whole new spin on the Wolf and such and it's a great concept to learn more about the characters as you collect special items like the W insignia from WOOLFE industries and such. But it can be very glitchy at times and some of the W letters are somewhat difficult to find or gain access to.

Overall I enjoyed the game. It was a very quick one, there's not that much to do in it aside from fight the bad guys, get through the game, pcick up the collectables and fight the final boss. Sounds like a lot but the game is really rather simple to complete if you're just running through it. There isn't much option to explore this steam punkish fairy tale world and unless you get the right collectibles you won't find out the little side stories that go on in the main plots, and the game itself doesn't explain it all that well. Its like it's expecting the player to just KNOW without giving much background on it. Which isn't that surprising if you know your fairytales.

If you're looking for a complex game, then don't bother with this. You won't like it. However if you're looking for something new, short and sweet then give it a go, you might be as pleasantly surprised with it as I was.
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Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
an excellent reimagining of red riding hood some excellent platforming and creatie design the only down point would be the repetative slightly basic combat but a fun few hours totally worth a look
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Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Pros:

1) The story is somewhat charming. Interesting twist on a traditional fairy tale.

2) The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. I found myself spending an hour just looking around at all the beauty.

3) Combat was decent.

4) If you enjoy jumping puzzles there is one big jumping puzzle in this game. ( I kind of wish they could have encorporated more into the game.)

5) There are two parts where you have to race against an enemy or run from many enemies and both were enjoyable.

Cons:

1) The story is super super short. 3.5 hours in and I've already beaten the game. I was also hoping for more story depth and more character development and just more characters. . .

2) I earned 11 achievements throughout the playthrough, and now that I've started the game on hard for the second playthrough I have 0 achievements. The achievements reset.

3) Minor bugs throughout the game. They didn't bother me until the final boss fight. The final boss fight has some really annoying bugs that need to be corrected.

4) There is only one voice actor throughout the whole game pretty much until the very end. Using the same voice actor over and over gets kind of annoying. . .

5) You are super squishy. You die often. If you don't like getting killed often don't get this game. Normally I am pretty patient with games, but when you can get killed in 2 to 3 hits by bosses or get instakilled by obstacles in boss fights the game kind of gets frustrating.

If you really want to try this game I suggest you get it during a sale. It is not worth $9.99. I am so glad I bought this during the steam summer sale.

Did I enjoy this game? Yes. I'm just really not sure if I'd recommend it to friends or other people
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Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I liked and hated this game for very different reasons. The story is neat and fairly unique. It is beautifully animated (though it felt like I went through the game too fast to really see and appreciate the details). I'm quite fond of fairy tales and clever ways of retelling them, which was why I bought this to begin with. However, my biggest issue was with the mechanics of the game (I used a controller). They are, to put it as nicely as I can, very infuriating. I don't usually get frustrated with games, but when the mechanics are what keeps killing me and not my lack of skill, I started to get very mad.

I would recommend this for those who, knowing they will probably die multiple times because of mechanics, if you enjoy fairy tales & retellings, steampunk, or a short, but straightforward game. I plodded through this because my curiosity was peaked by the story—so when it ended quite suddenly, I was a little disappointed.

I would not recommend this game if you get angry easily.

I wish that I could skip answering if I would recommend it or not. However, this is a video game and, I believe, that the mechanics are the foundation to presenting a game and it's story/theme/enjoyability. Because I felt incredible frustration getting stuck on invisible corners or moves not activating, I'm going to unfortunately say that I would not recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The level of art prepared for this particular title is astonishing in terms of character models and game world samples. However, considering the fact that I wasn't able to play it even in windowed mode with somewhat average settings (though I have the recommended system features) is a shame. For a game that requires sharpened reflexes and a delicate response time for smooth in-game advancement, Woolfe fails to deliver. Unplayable for the given system standards.
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176 of 184 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Any time there's mixed reviews on a game I'm always hesitate on even trying a game out, but I'm glad I gave Red Hood Diaries a chance. The graphics are gorgeous, imho. They have a beautifully haunting atmosphere and this goes for the music as well. It kept me entertained and that made me happy. What more could I really ask for? The story held my interest long enough to keep playing to the end and unfortunately it's a to be continued story, but I gathered that before I began playing due to browsing the forums. Hopefully, the creators can figure out what to do with it or pass it off to someone who wants to pick up the project and continue it. Despite that I was pretty satisfied with the ending regardless and enjoyed the game beginning to end.

A lot of people complain about bugs and issues with the game, but I never really had any issues with it. Perhaps, I came late into the game when all the bugs had been fixed? It ran pretty smoothly for me and my computer isn't anything high tech to say the least. My only troubles with the game were my own stupidity as I didn't know what I was going to do with a point A to point B situation during jumps and such. Overall the game was fascinating and beautifully constructed, I think people put things down too hard and need to relax and give it a chance. If you played it during all the bugs earlier on during it's release, I'd say give it another go. Those issues might be fixed now.
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109 of 127 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Woolfe attracted me as soon as I saw its store page, even though I am not the biggest fan of platformer games. A story rich game that tells a steampunk version of the Red Riding Hood classical tale, a female protagonist, very nice visuals - all of these contributed to my excitement. However, after I started to play it, my enthusiasm decreased a lot because the overall polish of the game falls short of expectations.

The story starts by introducing the player to Red's mission: she is supposed to infiltrate the city of Ulrica in order to stop the evil machinations of “B. B. Wolfe” and find her father's assassin. In order to do that, she jumps up on ledges or double jumps to reach far off platforms and fights occasional enemies.

The game is designed on a 3D plane, and Red has full range of movement but she is largely locked to a 2D perspective. Some of these 3D segments are rather disorientating, since the camera is mostly locked from the front and you can't tell very well which item is closer to the viewer and which is further away, this resulting often in failed jumps, until you learn the exact starting spot of the jump. But even a bigger problem is the controls in this 2.5D plane. Since the controller that I use currently has an issue, I had to switch to keyboard. And moving with a keyboard in a 3D plane, trying to simulate an analog stick using only the arrow keys, is very difficult. This added a lot to the frustration I felt playing this game. I died multiple times during the combat scenes because I wasn't able to move easily in a circle around the boss. This is one of the games that require a controller for a smooth gameplay experience, which a keyboard can't really provide.

The combat in the game is not satisfying. There are several enemy types in the game (rats, mechanical soldiers, fairies and wolves), but none gives a feedback when hit. There are no health bars on the enemies (unless the enemy is a boss), so you can't tell which one to prioritize from a group. Red has a light and a heavy attack to use, and later in the game she learns a couple of other special moves; these aren't always effective since they're in slow motion, and during those seconds Red is easily stunned making it impossible to attack and consuming her whole attack energy at the same time; hence it's much more effective to mash the buttons for the 2 basic attacks until all the enemies die. Red's weapon accuracy is far from dependable since the enemy hitboxes bug out quite often and there’s no indication of a missed hit whatsoever.

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One of the boss fights was really bugged for me, while performing it in hard mode. I spent around 5 hours trying to figure out what I was doing wrong because right before the last phase the boss’ health stopped going down, even though I was continuously hitting him. Restarting the game the next day fixed the problem - apparently one of the boss’ phases was somehow misplaced and replaced by the easy mode version despite me setting the fight on hard mode from the beginning.

Jumping from one place to the next is also a source of frustration in Woolfe, and I've wasted a lot of time trying to progress to the next step because the controls just failed on me. At times, pressing space for double jump midair didn’t seem to have any reaction from the game so I often had to restart from the last checkpoint and do the whole thing again, including killing all the enemies, only to reach the same spot and fail the jump again.

On a positive side, the game's greatest feature lies in its straightforward, but nonetheless compelling, narrative. The story is narrated by Red through rhymes, and her funny sarcasm accompanies you while platforming through the streets of Ulrica or through the forest outside the city. The music is rather well composed and does add to the atmosphere of Woolfe’s world.

The graphics are lovely and the lighting effects in the town and forest are impressive. The graphics enhance the story a lot by imbuing everything with a natural magic. However, I can’t help but feel that too much of the budget and time was spent on the visuals alone, leaving the overall experience feeling a bit rushed, but still enjoyable to some extent.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=442399266

Overall I decided to give this game a positive rating since despite the lack of polish in combat and the soggy platforming experience, it manages to maintain a satisfactory level of enjoyment through its unique world, beautifully and artistically designed, as long as you use a controller to play it and don’t go for 100% achievements. Woolfe needed a bit more work before being released and it could have been a great game if the combat bugs were fixed. Nevertheless, it's an impressive effort from the part of a 5 people team.

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Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
Nice platform game old school. You can jump (twice), walk, run, stealth motion, hang, roll forward, tackle.... Gorgeous gfx and good audio. Play it at Difficult level please since it's quite easy. Nice 2,5D adds more varied exploration and puzzle solving possibilities.
Quite underrated game. Ok, it's not a masterpiece in its genre and something could have been done a bit better but it's a solid 7/10, with a 8-9/10 gfx.

Hysterical trolls ruined the charts for this game smahing it down in a very exaggerated way and finally forcing the software-house bankrupt. Idiots.
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Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
(Please Read this whole thing.)

The reason I can't recommend Woolfe is because it's far too short to charge $10 for. It's got some small issues here and there, but I was willing to overlook them, but I cannot overlook the runtime of the game. (EDIT: The devs have already planned a sequel for august. I still can't recommend this game unless you don't mind paying $10 for a 2 hour game.)(EDIT #2 - 3/28/15: The Devs have patched the game and added many new animations to combat, as well as fixing a lot of bugs.)

I really wish I could recommend this game. I really do. It's a very fun little game, with an interesting use of fairy-tale characters. There are a few bugs left for the team to squash, such as after the final boss, instead of watching the lovely cinematic I got to listen to the VO from the cinematic and walk around in the driveway of Granny's house.

Also, the game tries to rhyme every other line of dialogue, which annoyed me endlessly by the end of the VERY VERY short experience.

It's very short. You'll notice that at the time of writing I have about 120 minutes in this game. That's after beating it once through and dying multiple times. (Which is good, this game will make you work a little for your story.)

I wish there were more bosses, because only having two made the pacing feel off. If Wolfe is supposed to be this huge megalomaniac, dictatorial scumbag, why does he only have one henchman? Who lives in the sewer?

There are about 10 stages, 5 or 6 in the city and the rest are this really cool Trine-esque forest. These stages can be beaten fairly quickly if you don't die/know where to go. There's this stage at wolfe's factory(?) that hints at the game wanting to be slightly more open, or maybe have more complex levels. Really, The game needs more levels so that there are more oppurtunities for Red to talk about why she's looking around, and about her family in general. The beginning makes it out to be this huge undertaking for her, but she ends up completing her mission in a day and a night?

Perhaps this could be fixed by DLC, which I would pay for happily because as is, the story doesn't tie up nicely. There's a short cinematic at the lake that hints at Red's brief relationship with her mother, but doesn't even match up with how Red talks about her mother's disappearance earlier in the game. First she says she disappeared in the woods, and then she's digging tunnels in a mineshaft? Her mother and father had a happy marriage, but he didn't know he had a kid with his wife?

The combat is fun once you learn a few special moves, and Red's remarks after she learns a new move are nice and characterful. It's almost kind of spectacle fighter-y, although it really lacks any kind of combat system. The game originally tries to set itself up as a stealth-action game but the sneaking is basically abandoned once you get your axe at the end of the tutorial level.

In short, Woolfe is a fun, gorgeous game that you should look at if you want a quick platformer. If you're looking for a more fully realized experience, you're better looking elsewhere because this game isn't going to last you. If they release DLC or update the game in a meaningful way, I'll look forward to it greatly.

This studio has some great talent and it will be exciting to see what they make next.
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